Will 2018 Bring Nadal a 3rd Wimbledon Title?
Rafael Nadal is currently ranked as world number one but due to the seeding process of Wimbledon, he is the second seed. He comes into Wimbledon with a full boat of confidence from another phenomenal clay court season. Rafa was able to win Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Italy, and the French Open. Rafa looked great the whole clay court swing and we expect a healthy Rafa going forward at Wimbledon this year.
Why Rafa can win Wimbledon
Rafael Nadal has shown he can play on the grass. He knows the courts of the All England Club as he has won the title there twice in his career.
He managed to reach the final there three times from 2006 through 2008 against Roger Federer. He lost the first two meetings and finally beat Roger in the Greatest match Ever in 2008. The faster courts and lower bouncing balls do not help Nadal, but he is one of the greatest at adapting to the conditions of the court. He also has a fairly straightforward draw to the quarters so he shouldn’t have to use as much energy in the early rounds. Rafa is due for a great run at Wimbledon and it would only be fitting if he made it to the final along with Federer and they had a rematch on the 10th anniversary of their epic final in 2008.
Why Rafa can’t win Wimbledon
Nadal has not made it to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon since 2011 when he lost in the final to Novak Djokovic. Nadal has been bumped out early against opponents that he shouldn’t normally have a problem with. He comes into Wimbledon always on upset alert due to his recent streak of early exits. If Rafa made it to the quarter-final, he would then most likely have to encounter Juan Marin Del Potro who is dangerous on grass with his big serve and monster forehand. Then a potential date with Novak Djokovic in the semis could be trouble for Nadal as Djokovic is looking better and closer to his old self. Then if Rafa makes it to the final he would most likely have to play Federer and the last few meetings have all gone to Federer and Fed has to have the edge on the grass.
Sometimes things are just meant to happen in life and who wouldn’t love to see a rematch of the greatest match ever? It’s the 10 year anniversary of it and look for the rematch to occur this year at Wimbledon. If we know anything about the Rafa-Roger rivalry it’s that we should never underestimate their ability to amaze us.
- Dominick brings THE SLICE from New Jersey, USA.